KARACHI - Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain has appealed to Pakistan Awami Tehreek chief Tahirul Qadri to maintain the march peaceful and should not cross the Zero-Point and enter into the red zone.
In a statement issued on Thursday, he said Punjab and Sindh governors, federal and provincial governments were kept working on the resolution of the barricades issue. Due to their efforts, the government has allowed Qadri to take out a peaceful long march.
Altaf said the federal government had showed maturity and wisdom to deal with the issue. “Now, it is the responsibility of the PAT leadership to respect those who participated in the dialogue.”
Meanwhile, the federal government has allowed the PAT to take out a peaceful march after the intervention of Altaf Hussain, Sindh Governor Ishratul Ebad Khan and Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar.
It was observed on Wednesday that PAT was not allowed to take out the march and the blockades were erected in Model Town. Due to the reason, there was intense possibility of confrontation on the occasion of Independence Day.
MQM chief contacted the Punjab governor and told him to do whatever to resolve the issue and asked the Punjab government to avoid possible confrontation. He suggested him to give PAT the permission to take out its march peacefully. He also contacted the Sindh governor and told him to play his role and convey his message to the federal government and the authorities concerned.
Later, the Punjab governor telephoned Altaf and told him about the new developments regarding removal of barricades and approval for PAT march.
He also appreciated the MQM chief for taking personal interest in the issue to resolve it with great wisdom and maturity.
Altaf thanked the Punjab governor for his efforts, saying the decision is really in favour of the nation. He also lauded the Sindh governor for his active role in defusing the issue.